Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee will be hosting a live, online webinar this Wednesday evening to discuss a proposal to bring new mathematics curriculum to the school district's elementary schools.
McGee -- along with Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Education Barbara Harris, Nixon Elementary School Principal Mary Pat O'Connell, several parents and elementary math teachers -- will give a brief presentation and then take questions and comments live from viewers. Questions can be submitted anonymously or with a name.
The district launched during the 2015-16 school year an "exploratory" process for looking at new curricula to replace Everyday Math, which the board adopted in 2009. Teachers throughout the district's 12 elementary schools tested out different curricula in their classrooms in advance of a full pilot, which was set to begin with this school year. Several months into this process, six parents were selected from more than 30 applicants to serve on a new Elementary Math Exploration Committee, along with 50 elementary teachers and specialists.
The school board, however, opted in June to slow down this process, voicing concerns that parents hadn't been involved early enough.
The committee will convene for its kickoff meeting next Monday, Aug. 29, 3:30-5 p.m. at the district office. It will continue to meet through March, and is expected to make a final recommendation to the board in the spring.
McGee started hosting webinars last year, beginning with one last December recapping on the year and looking forward to 2016. He also hosted one focused on full-day kindergarten and live streamed an in-person town hall on enrollment management.
He told the Weekly that he intends to host a webinar once a month this year on an "important topic."
Wednesday's webinar will run 7-8:30 p.m. For more information and to participate, go to pausd.org.